Cinema Metropolitan

Via del Corso, 7,
Rome 00100

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Cinema Metropolitan

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The Cinema Metropolitan has for many decades been one of the premiere movie theatres in Rome. Along with the Cinema Barberini, this theatre was at one time owned by the father of Roberto Rossellini, and the director has spoken of getting much of his cinematic education by being able to attend movies for free at the two theatres.

Originally opened as the single screen Cinema America in 1911, it was re-named Cinema Metropolitan in 1948. The venue was converted into a four-screen theatre in the 1990’s. Seating capacities in the screens are:150, 150, 150 and 100. Its location is near the beginning of the Via del Corso, the main street of Rome, which runs from the Piazza del Popolo (the theatre is right near it) to the monument to Italian unification in Piazza Venezia.

The Cinema Metropolitan was operated by the Circuito Cinema chain and was part of the Europa Cinemas group. It was closed in 2010. In the summer of 2014, plans were announced to convert the building into retail use, that will also include a small cinema.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 23, 2004 at 7:19 am

Interesting that the Metropolitan right now is showing Mel Gibson’s LA PASSIONE DI CRISTO on one screen and a revival of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964 IL VANGELO SECONDO MATTEO (THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW) on another. So two films about Jesus are playing the same Roman theatre at the same time. Interesting also that both movies were shot in part in the southern Italian village of Matera. My own feeling is that the Pasolini film is infinitely superior both as a movie and as a portrait of Jesus.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on December 15, 2004 at 11:01 pm

Quite stately, with its high-class marble, mirrors, and crystal chandeliers. The lobby has the look of a Rapp and Rapp design. The features at the beginning of October were “The Terminal,” A Song for Bobby Long” (has this opened yet in USA?), “L’Amore ritrovato” (dir. Carlo Mazzacurati), and “Fahrenheit 911” (to judge from the overwhelming anti-Bush sentiment in Italy, it must be a hit; it’s playing on five other screens in Rome; “Bowling for Columbine” meanwhile plays at the marvelous Azzurro Scipione). The admission charge of 7 euros is a bit higher than the 6 euros charged at other theaters in Rome. You pay more for the marble and crystal?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 17, 2005 at 1:51 pm

Many historic Italian films premiered here. For the record, Vittorio De Sica’s landmark “Ladri di biciclette” (“The Bicycle Thief,” “Bicycle Thieves”) opened here and at the Cinema Barberini on November 24, 1948.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 31, 2005 at 2:30 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Metropolitan.
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BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on March 31, 2005 at 2:52 pm

Gerald—

Fotografia favolosa! Ed anche for your photos of Siena’s Cinema Alessandro, Providence’s RKO Albee, and NYC’s Beacon in previous posts. Thanks. Any more?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 31, 2005 at 3:04 pm

Bill-
Yes, a few more as I dig through my photos.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm

When the 1961 Luciano Salce film Il federale (The Fascist) opened at the Metropolitan, the audiences were so large that the normally closed third balcony had to be opened to meet the demand. This information is given on the Italian DVD for the movie. Il federale featured Ugo Tognazzi, Georges Wilson, and Stefania Sandrelli.

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